Yesterday it was too dark and dreary for pictures and today the sun is so bright you can hardly stand to look out the window! But this loooooong post is not about the weather. Grab a cuppa, relax and enjoy! First I want to make it clear this is NOT my idea but the brainchild of a very talented papercrafter named Kathy Orta. You can find her and her stupendous projects at http://www.paperphenomenon.blogspot.com/. PLEASE go and visit. You will be amazed. I decided to purchase her tutorial on this album and make one. And to show you that not everything goes as planned I will share with you that I got down to the very last part of the book, making the cover, when I noticed that the paper I used had cracked where I wrapped it around the edges of the cover. I was devastated after all my hard work. I walked away, stewed over it for awhile and came up with a solution. I either had to make the cover for the album over or come up with a creative solution. The ribbon along the edge of the spine piece was my solution. Just so you know. I'm trying to stay humble here!
OK so let's go through this. It's a picture heavy post and I feel like I couldn't possibly show you all the real estate in this book regardless. The paper I used was "Mariposa" which I purchased at JoAnn's some time ago. The next shot is the spine and back cover. You'll notice the ribbon which goes around the spine which covers the edge of the offending paper, the red. At first I hated the fix but it has grown on me. Better than a whole new cover. The book cover is very hard and firm. For that you use chipboard or in my case I used Craft a Board from Ellen Hutson. The idea of this book is that you make base pages which are all the same and you you add to them with 6 different customizable add ons. You end up with a page that has a top pocket in which you can put photo mats or whatever, side pockets, and pockets on each page itself. The next photo shows a shot from the top so that you can see just how full this album is. The number of pages is up to you. You can also see that no binding "apparatus" shows. It looks like a regular bound book and this system is the genius of Kathy Orta, her hidden binding. All albums I make from now on will be like this because it gives such a wonderful finish. Next is the inside cover with a frame from the dollar spot at Mike's and some posies. Then the first page which shows a flip up, a pocket above that and a pocket on the side and top of the page with mats sticking out. I hope you get the idea. I'm not a great photographer! On the back of that page is a flip up with more real estate for pictures or journaling, and then you see a double side pocket on a page with two smaller mats which come out ( I show them both in and out so you can see how it works and that structure is opposite a page with a pocket with more tags stuck in the top. Then a shot with more flip up and flip out pages followed by another layout with a side opening add on and the little flip page that says FLY also folds up. Then there is the final page which the chippy buttons and the inside back cover. Finally the back cover with a Kaiser Kraft butterfly with MS pearl paint and some bling. Whew! Each and every page can have as many as 3 pockets and flip in any direction you choose--up, out, down etc. I attempted to just give you an idea of all the options. I can't wait to do another one. This was labor intensive BUT very easy in it's construction. Kathy's tutorial I believe was $10.95 and for everything that you learn and can apply to future projects it was worth every penny. Thanks to Kathy and I hope you all enjoyed your look at this super project. Have a great weekend!
PS: One of these days I'll figure out how to put the description next to the picture. No matter what I do it doesn't happen. Sorry.